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South Australian VES published its November 2015 Bulletin
Feb 22, 2016

South Australian VES published its November  2015 Bulletin. Read it here.

Judges reject appeal in request for clearer Scots assisted suicide guidelines
Feb 20, 2016

Judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh have rejected the appeal of severely disabled grandfather Gordon Ross, who died in January this year, to set out guidelines for anyone assisting a terminally ill friend or loved one to die.
Mr Ross, who died of pneumonia, brought a case for judicial review

TV5 Monde: Quebec, la loi sur l'aide à mourir en vigueur
Feb 20, 2016

Elle a fait couler beaucoup d’encre et suscité une vaste réflexion collective qui a soulevé
beaucoup de controverse pour finalement entrer en vigueur le 10 décembre 2015. La loi
sur "l'aide médicale à mourir" place le Québec à l'avant-garde dans ce domaine en
Amérique du nord : quel est le contenu de cette loi ? Qui peut s’en prévaloir ? Et
comment les médecins réagissent-ils ?

Québec : French TV5 Monde broadcast on law taking effect
Feb 20, 2016

A French (only) text on the Quebec situation, with links to an article and TV broadcast, can be read on the French page on this site. Click on the French flag on this site.


Dying with Dignity NSW publishes its plans for 2016
Feb 19, 2016

Dying with Dignity NSW publishes its plans for 2016.

Oregon report 2015 published
Feb 18, 2016

In Oregon the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority published their annual report on 2015 data.  In that year 218 people received prescriptions under the provisions of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), compared to 155 in 2014. The Health Division received  reports of 132 people who died from ingesting the medications (105 in 2014). In the graphic below, a summary

HBO to air a show on the Right to Die
Feb 18, 2016

This Friday (January 19, 2016) HBO will air a show on international euthanasia (The Right to Die) which the VICE organization has been making for the last year: at 11:00 PM ET/PT immediately following Real Time with Bill Maher. Some HBO channels at 8.30 pm. The program will be shown throughout the world in due course.



Is Dutch euthanasia law adapted to allow dying assistance when demented?
Feb 18, 2016

Press communiqué's (a.o. Dutch News NL) have suggested that "the guidelines  for performing euthanasia on people with severe dementia have been relaxed a little". It turns out to be written assistance document for doctors and patients, emphasizing what the law already allows in situations of

French vote for Terminal Sedation - not euthanasia
Feb 18, 2016

(AP, Jan 27) On January 27, the French Parliament (Lower house and Senate in one day only!)  approved a bill (from Claeys and Leonetti) that could let doctors keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, but stops short of legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide. It would allow patients to

January 2016 Newsletter Final Options Illinois published
Feb 18, 2016

January 2016 Newsletter Final Options Illinois published. Read it here. The Newsletter features an extended article by George Eighmey, President of the Death With Dignity National Center, about California’s historic moment – 25 years in the making – leading up to last October when California Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law.